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The film entitled Miss Firecracker is a comedy centered on the adventures of a young lady known as Carnelle who against all odds takes part in a beauty contest. The film begins when Carnelle hears about a beauty contest known as the Miss Firecatcher contest coming to her locality of Yazoo City and decides to register and take part in it. Carnelle is motivated by the fact that her very beautiful cousin called Elain had once taken part in that same contest some years back and won. So, she decides to copy from that experience and stay positive that she too can win the competition.

Carnelle had a very challenging life in her childhood days. Her mother died when she was still very young, so she moved in with her cousins. She started living a very reckless and uncontrolled life, and as a result ended up being an uncultured call girl. As she enrolls for the beauty contest, most people who know her tell her she cannot win, but she is convinced she can make it. Her friends and cousins tell her she will get the worst disappointment in her life as she insists on going to the contest.

A few days before the contest her cousin known as Delmont tells her she wants to sell the house they are living in so she can raise some money. Carnelle realizes her only hope is to win the contest, if not she will become homeless. As a former winner, Elain comes to Yazoo City to give a speech before the contest and Carnelle begs her for the beautiful red dress she wore on the day of her contest. She believes it will increase her chances of winning. Elain however hesitates to do so out of jealousy. On the day of the competition, Carnelle does not have a dress to wear, so she breaks into a room in a nearby building and finds an old dress. She gets to the competition late in her ugly dress and due to her lateness she fails the contest.

She leaves the premises disappointed in herself as well as in Elain who refused to support her.

| 1989 | 1 hr 42 min | 6.0/10
Holly Hunter, Mary Steenburgen, Tim Robbins, Alfre Woodard
Thomas Schlamme
Produced By
Lewis Allen, Fred Berner, Ross E. Milloy

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